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Naked Image Scanners To Be Removed From US Airports
2013-01-19 06:49:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Full-body image scanners that drew the ire of privacy advocates who likened passing through them to undergoing a strip search are being removed from US airports, officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have reportedly confirmed. According to Jeff Plungis of Bloomberg News, the decision to end the $5 million contract between TSA and OSI Systems, developers of the Rapiscan units, came after the company...

2011-07-21 05:50:00

New software will soon be installed in some airport body scanners that will allow travelers to be screened without having naked digital images created of them, the Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday. The full-body scanners, which now operate at 78 airports throughout the U.S., use low levels of radiation that create an image of travelers that TSA officials use to identify any hidden weapons or contraband. Once installed, the new software enables the scanners to...

2011-05-25 13:50:00

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Tuesday that new tests of full-body scanners deployed at airports found that the radiation they emit was within acceptable levels. The machines have been deployed at dozens of airports to thwart attacks on the U.S. aviation system, which has continued to be a prime target of al Qaeda militants. "The latest reports confirm previous testing and show that every backscatter unit currently used for passenger screening in U.S. airports is...

2011-03-29 08:25:00

Posing no risk of radiation harm to travelers, airport use of backscatter x-ray machines by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been declared safe for those being scanned at airports throughout the US, AFP reports. University of California researchers have released a study highlighting that fliers would have to undergo 50 airport body scans to equal the amount of radiation received from a single dental x-ray. One would also need to undergo 4,000 scans to match the radiation...

2011-03-17 07:49:49

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The government's efforts to keep the airways safe by subjecting travelers to more scrutiny are facing their biggest backlash since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 "“ even as recent terror attempts indicate that air travel remains a prime target for groups linked to al-Qaeda.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has now begun to implement whole-body imaging scanners as a primary screening measure on travelers passing through airport security...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.